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Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family

Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family

Colby Rodowsky

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)




Ben's philosophy of life is that there are two categories of things that happen, the all-right stuff and the not-all-right stuff. Ben has always lived with just his dad, Mitch, which definitely falls into the all-right category. When Mitch meets Casey and they decide to get married, that turns out to be all right, too. Then Mitch and Casey decide to adopt a baby from China, and Ben isn't sure which category the whole baby thing is going to fit into. After the baby comes home (it's all right), Casey and Mitch announce that the four of them – as a family – are going on vacation with Casey's family. All twenty-three of them! Ben is sure this will not be all right!

How eleven-year-old Ben finds his place in a crazy-big family makes this a funny novel about family and what it means to be a part of one.

Children's Crown Collection, NCSA, Children's Crown Collection (National Christian Schools Association)


Fifteen Words or Less

It was in the just-after-the-holiday-break part of fourth grade when Mr. Kelly, our English teacher, told us to write our philosophy of life in fifteen words or less. I thought for a minute and then wrote, "Some things...


Praise for Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family

“Rodowsky is in good form, crafting another book with a likable narrator.” —School Library Journal

“Veteran author Rodowsky again demonstrates her skill at bringing a low-key approach to possibly melodramatic events.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Appealing.” —Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Colby Rodowsky

COLBY RODOWSKY is the author of many distinguished books for children and young adults, such as That Fernhill Summer, which The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books praised as a "character-driven novel about the complicated connections of family." She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Colby Rodowsky

Colby Rodowsky

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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